Journalists

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Journalists are the ones who seek and collect information from various sources and distribute it as news to a wider audience through means such as newspapers, radio, television or internet. The term journalist covers a wide category of professionals involved in the collection and presentation of information especially through publishing and broadcasting means. Journalism is a very demanding profession, especially in today’s fast-paced life. Journalists are known to work long and grueling hours, visit inhospitable places, and interact with unreceptive people in their quest to gather valuable information in the quickest possible manner. Journalists may work as reporters who research for information and write reports for the publications they work for. And there are photojournalists who convey their messages through photographs accompanied by a story or caption. There are some journalists who cover all types of stories, ranging from current affairs to global politics, while some others choose to specialize in a given category like sports or crime. This field also includes feature writers who write longer pieces to provide background to a popular news story and specialist writers who provide columns and commentary on topics such as food, traveling, relationships, entertainment, etc. Journalism is a dynamic field, ever evolving to include newer genres like alternative journalism, convergence journalism and new journalism. Read on to learn about the life and works of famous journalists from all over the world.
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Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist and Author)
Hunter S. Thompson
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Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.

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William Randolph Hearst
(Newspaper Baron)
William Randolph Hearst
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Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 14, 1951

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher, businessman, and politician. He is credited with developing America's largest newspaper chain, Hearst Communications. Today, Hearst Communications has grown into a multinational business information and mass media conglomerate. William Randolph Hearst’s life and work inspired the creation of Charles Foster Kane, the main character in the 1941 drama film, Citizen Kane.

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Barbara Walters
(Producer and Co-Host on the ABC Newsmagazine '20/20')
Barbara Walters
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Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Barbara Walters is an American retired television personality and broadcast journalist. Renowned for her popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as the host of several popular TV shows. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host shows like Today and ABC Evening News. In 1996, she was named in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars list.

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Truman Capote
(Known for His Novella “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and Non-Fiction Novel “In Cold Blood”)
Truman Capote
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Birthdate: September 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: August 25, 1984
Truman Capote is best known for his novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, which was made into a movie that starred Audrey Hepburn, and the non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. His short story Shut a Final Door won the O. Henry Award. He was a lifelong friend of author Harper Lee.
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Dan Rather
(Journalist)
Dan Rather
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Birthdate: October 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wharton, Texas, United States
Dan Rather shot to fame when he saved thousands of people during Hurricane Carla through the first radar weather report. Subsequently, he had a 24-year stint on CBS Evening News. He was fired following the Killian documents controversy and then joined AXS TV, hosting shows such as Dan Rather Reports
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Louis Theroux
(Documentary Filmmaker, Journalist, Broadcaster and Podcaster)
Louis Theroux
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Birthdate: May 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

Renowned British-American documentary filmmaker, Louis Theroux began his career as a journalist with Metro Silicon Valley, Spy magazine and TV Nation series. He gained recognition with his documentary series When Louis Met..., and Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. The two time BAFTA Award winner has also received appreciation for his documentaries The Most Hated Family in America and My Scientology Movie.

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Walter Cronkite
(Broadcaster)
Walter Cronkite
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Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: July 17, 2009
TV journalist Walter Cronkite, named “The most trusted man in America," is remembered for his 19-year association with CBS Evening News and his catchphrase "And that's the way it is.” His U.S. space program reports made him the only non-NASA person to receive the Ambassador of Exploration award.
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Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)
Ida B. Wells
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Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931
Civil rights and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells is remembered for speaking up against the lynching of Blacks in the U.S. She was born a slave and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. She later co-founded the NAACP. She also co-owned and wrote for Memphis Free Speech and Headlight.
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Robin Roberts
(First Woman of Color and First Openly LGBTQ+ Woman to Host the American TV Game Show ‘Jeopardy!')
Robin Roberts
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Birthdate: November 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

A former basketball and tennis player, Rubin Roberts began her career as a sports anchor and reporter for a Mississippi channel, WDAM-TV, eventually joining ESPN as sportscaster, concurrently serving as a featured reporter for Good Morning America. In 2005, she left ESPN to become a co-anchor for Good Morning America, currently serving as an anchor for the same program.

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Christiane Amanpour
(Journalist, Television Host and Chief International Anchor for CNN)
Christiane Amanpour
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Birthdate: January 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour is best known as the anchor of the CNN interview show Amanpour. She has also hosted PBS’s Amanpour & Company. She was criticized for her biased and pro-Muslim coverage of the Bosnian War. She has also been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression.
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Lester Holt
(Journalist and News Anchor for ‘NBC Nightly News’ and ‘Dateline NBC’)
Lester Holt
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Birthdate: March 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marin County, California, United States

Lester Holt is an American journalist who is the face of 'NBC News' since 2000. He hosts and co-hosts some of NBC's important programs, such as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. In 1990, he was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work. In 2015, he was made an inductee of the California Hall of Fame.

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Peter Jennings
(One of the Most Prominent Television Journalists and the Anchor of 'ABC World News Tonight’)
Peter Jennings
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Birthdate: July 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 7, 2005

Canadian-American journalist Peter Jennings is best remembered for his stint on ABC World News Tonight, as its sole anchor. A high-school drop-out, Jennings became one of the U.S.’s Big Three news anchors, along with Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. He was known for his meticulous coverage of breaking news stories.

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Fareed Zakaria
(Journalist, Political Commentator, Author and Host of the Show ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’)
Fareed Zakaria
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Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Fareed Zakaria is an Indian-American journalist, author, and political commentator. He has been serving as an editor-at-large for Time and editor for Newsweek International. He has also been serving as a columnist for Newsweek. His show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which he hosts for CNN, has won a Peabody Award

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Tom Brokaw
(Journalist)
Tom Brokaw
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Birthdate: February 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States
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Bob Woodward
(Journalist)
Bob Woodward
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Birthdate: March 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Illinois, United States
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George Orwell
(Known for His Novels “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”)
George Orwell
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Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Motihari, Bihar, India
Died: January 21, 1950

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

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Rudyard Kipling
(Journalist, Poet & Novelist)
Rudyard Kipling
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Birthdate: December 30, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: January 18, 1936

English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist Rudyard Kipling is best remembered for his fiction work The Jungle Book. He was born in India and many of his works are inspired by his life in the country. He was one of the most popular English writers in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Katharine Graham
(American Newspaper Publisher and Heiress Who Led 'The Washington Post' (1963 - 1991) Known for Her Memoir 'Personal History')
Katharine Graham
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Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 2001
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Christopher Hitchens
(British-American Author Who is Known for Excoriating Criticisms of Public Contemporary Figures)
Christopher Hitchens
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Birthdate: April 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens was an advocate for New Atheism and a harsh critic of religion and of famous personalities such as Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa. He authored and edited many books on socio-political issues. As a journalist, he wrote for well-known publications such as New Statesman and The Weekly Standard.

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Gloria Steinem
(American Feminist Journalist and Co-Founder of ‘Ms,' Magazine)
Gloria Steinem
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Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

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Maria Shriver
(Former First Lady of California (2003 - 2011) and Ex-Wife of Actor 'Arnold Schwarzenegger')
Maria Shriver
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Birthdate: November 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous American journalist, Maria Shriver, is recognised for her long association with NBC. Her documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project earned rave reviews and she later founded the nonprofit organization, 'The Women's Alzheimer's Movement'. As the former First Lady of California– she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was the governor of California– she involved herself in numerous charity works.

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Jeremy Clarkson
(Broadcaster)
Jeremy Clarkson
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Birthdate: April 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire

Jeremy Clarkson has come a long way from being a local journalist to becoming a recognized public personality, thanks to his appearance as a presenter in the popular TV show Top Gear. He is credited with making Top Gear one of the most successful shows in the UK. His tongue-in-cheek presenting style and writing often provoke a public reaction.

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Albert Camus
(Philosopher & Novelist)
Albert Camus
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Birthdate: November 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drean, Algeria
Died: January 4, 1960

Albert Camus was a French philosopher and the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His philosophical views contributed to the rise of absurdism, a philosophical concept. Also a prolific writer, Albert Camus had an illustrious literary career; most of his philosophical essays and novels are still influential.

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Nigella Lawson
(Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer)
Nigella Lawson
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Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.
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Gretchen Carlson
(Former Host of CBS News Show 'The Early Show' and Fox News Show 'Fox & Friends')
Gretchen Carlson
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Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coon Rapids, Minnesota, United States

Known for her stints on Fox News and CBS News, TV journalist Gretchen Carlson made headlines when she accused Fox CEO Roger Ailes of having sexually harassed her earlier, eventually causing him to resign. The former Miss America is also a skilled classical violinist and a Juilliard alumna.

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Lucy Hawking
(Journalist, Novelist, Writer)
Lucy Hawking
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Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Lucy Hawking, daughter of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, has been a journalist with New York Magazine, The Times, and The Telegraph. She has also authored several children's books, such as George's Secret Key to the Universe. She is the VP of National Star College and also works for autism research.
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Malcolm Gladwell
(Author of 'The Tipping Point', 'Blink', and 'Outliers')
Malcolm Gladwell
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Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fareham, United Kingdom
Malcolm Gladwell is best known for his bestselling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He has also written for The New Yorker and The Washington Post. His writings encompass subjects such as psychology, economics, and sociology. Gladwell has also co-founded a podcast company and hosts the podcast Revisionist History.
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Bill O'Reilly
(Conservative Political Commentator Best Known for Hosting Fox News Channel's ‘The O'Reilly Factor’)
Bill O'Reilly
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Birthdate: September 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Bill O'Reilly is an American author, journalist, and former TV host. The host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly played a major role in the success of Fox News Channel during his time at the channel. He is also credited with founding the No Spin News podcast, which he has been hosting since 2017.

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Walt Whitman
(One of the Most Influential Poets in the American Canon, Regarded as the 'Father of Free Verse')
Walt Whitman
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Birthdate: May 31, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hills, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 1892

Walt Whitman was an American poet, journalist, and essayist. Also a humanist, Whitman played a crucial role in the shift between transcendentalism and realism. Often referred to as the father of free verse, Whitman is one of the most influential American poets of all time. Several decades after his death, Walt Whitman's poetry remains influential.

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Fiona Bruce
(Journalist)
Fiona Bruce
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Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore
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Edgar Ramirez
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Birthdate: March 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Cristóbal, Táchira San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela
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Jack London
(Novelist & Journalist)
Jack London
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Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 22, 1916

Jack London was an American novelist, social activist, and journalist. A pioneer of American magazines and commercial fiction, London was one of the first authors from the US to become an international celebrity. His life and work inspired several films, such as the 1943 movie Jack London and 1980 film Klondike Fever. He was also portrayed in several TV series.

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Richard Hammond
(Television presenter best known for co-hosting the BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear from 2002 until 2015)
Richard Hammond
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Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solihull, England
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Anna Wintour
(Journalist)
Anna Wintour
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Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Anna Wintour is a British-American journalist. She has been working as Vogue's Editor-in-Chief since 1988. Known for having an eye for emerging fashion trends, Wintour is credited with reviving Vogue as it was viewed as a stagnating publication when she assumed control in 1988. Nicknamed Nuclear Wintour due to her demanding personality, Wintour inspired the story The Devil Wears Prada.

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Edward R. Murrow
(Journalist)
Edward R. Murrow
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Birthdate: April 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 27, 1965
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James May
(TV Presenter)
James May
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Birthdate: January 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

James May is an English journalist and television presenter. May is known for co-presenting the popular factual television show Top Gear alongside Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. James May is credited with co-founding the independent TV production company W. Chump and Sons.

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Anderson Cooper
(Journalist & Anchor of CNN Show 'Anderson Cooper 360°')
Anderson Cooper
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Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.

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Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Best Known for His Novella Notes from The 'Underground')
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Birthdate: November 11, 1821
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 9, 1881
Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky is remembered as one of the pioneers of existentialism. He is best known for psychological and philosophical themes in his works, such as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. He was arrested for being critical of Tsarist Russia and spent a 4-year prison term in Siberia.
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Jenna Bush Hager
(Journalist, Writer)
Jenna Bush Hager
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Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former American president George W. Bush, has been a teacher and a journalist. She has written several books, has worked with UNICEF, and has also co-hosted NBC shows such as The Today Show. She has also served as an editor for Southern Living magazine.
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Al Roker
(American Weather Presenter, Journalist and Co-Host of ‘3rd Hour Today’)
Al Roker
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Birthdate: August 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Al Roker is best known as the weather anchor of Today on NBC. He is also a co-host on shows such as 3rd Hour Today. He set a Guinness world record by reporting non-stop for 34 hours. He has co-authored several books, including a set of murder mysteries. 
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David Muir
(Journalist)
David Muir
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Birthdate: November 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York
Multiple Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning anchor David Muir is best known as a co-host of 20/20 and ABC's World News. His coverage of the 9/11 attacks earned him a National Headliner Award. One of the most-watched U.S. journalists, he was named to People's 2014 Sexiest Men Alive list. 
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Cokie Roberts
(Journalist)
Cokie Roberts
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Birthdate: December 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 17, 2019
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Stephen A. Smith
(Sports Television Personality and Commentator on ESPN's ‘First Take’)
Stephen A. Smith
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Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Stephen A. Smith is an American sports journalist, sports radio host, and sports television personality. Known for his use of popular catchphrases, such as stay off the weed and blasphemous, Smith has been playing a major role in the success of ESPN's First Take. He also appears on SportsCenter and hosts his own radio show, The Stephen A. Smith Show.

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Michael Portillo
(Journalist, Political Leader)
Michael Portillo
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Birthdate: May 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hertfordshire
Former Conservative MP from Enfield Southgate, and Kensington and Chelsea, Michael Portillo, later hosted the BBC documentaries Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys. A Thatcherite and an EU-sceptic, he gave rise to the term "Portillo moment" when he lost the Conservative Enfield Southgate seat in 1997.
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Hoda Kotb
(Journalist and Co-Anchor of The NBC Show 'Today')
Hoda Kotb
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Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Egyptian-American TV journalist Hoda Kotb is best known as the co-host of the shows NBC Morning Show, Dateline NBC, Today. Named to Time 100, she has also authored several books, including a bestselling autobiography. A breast cancer survivor, she now also works to raise awareness about the disease.
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Jesse Watters
(Political Commentator)
Jesse Watters
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Birthdate: July 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jesse Watters is best known for his aggressive ambush journalism and for his vox pop interviews featured in the "Watters' World” segment of the show The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News. A seasoned political commentator, he has also hosted the talk shows The Five and Outnumbered.

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Tamron Hall
(Broadcast journalist)
Tamron Hall
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Birthdate: September 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luling, Texas, United States

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

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Jill Wendy Dando
(Journalist)
Jill Wendy Dando
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Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
Died: April 26, 1999
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Kaitlan Collins
(American Journalist and Chief White House Correspondent for 'CNN')
Kaitlan Collins
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Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prattville, Alabama, United States

Kaitlan Collins is one of the most popular and influential American journalists of the current generation. As a White House correspondent for CNN, Collins traveled to at least six different countries with Donald Trump. She made headlines when she questioned Trump about Vladimir Putin, for which she was forbidden from attending a Trump administration press conference in 2018.

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Pauly Shore
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Musician, Journalist)
Pauly Shore
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Birthdate: February 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hollywood